The CCU-CSC is acknowledging the contribution of black workers in Canada as part of Black History month through a three-part series highlighting the impact of black Canadians in our country. This three-part series will start with the East coast, where immigration to Canada first began.
- Black Workers in Canada: The 20th Century Experience
- This 2014 article from The Workers’ History Museum provides an overview of the contributions of Black Canadians in themes such as wartime contributions, legislating change, and the Porters’ Unions (stay tuned for more on this group in the next edition on Central Canada).
- Viola Desmond
- Since 2018, she has been featured on the Canadian $10 bill for being a civil right pioneer in Canada. Often referred to as the “Rosa Parks of Canada,” Desmond defied the colour barrier at a New Glasgow, N.S., movie house in 1946.
- February 17th is Nova Scotia Heritage Day and this year honours Africville, one of the first black settlements in Canada and a vibrant community, which was destroyed in the 1960s to make way for industrial development. (A fate faced by many significant historical sites of working-class history.) To learn more about Africville, check out the Africville Museum website linked above.
- The Story of Africville, an article by the Canadian Human Right Museum (CMHR), also provides a synopsis of its importance in our national narrative and snapshot of community life.
The next series, Black History Month – Central, will be released in a few days. Enjoy these reads until then!
The Confederation of Canadian Unions